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Pope Following Case of Texas Inmate Scheduled to Die Wednesday

Cardinal Speaks of Need for ‘Merciful Heart of Jesus’ in Response to Capital Punishment

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Cardinal Christopher Schoenborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, said today that Pope Francis is following the situation of Richard Allen Masterson, a death row inmate in Texas who is scheduled to be executed Wednesday.
The cardinal made this comment in response to a ZENIT question at a press conference to present the European Apostolic Congress on Mercy, scheduled for March 31 to April 4 as part of the Jubilee.
“Richard has been waiting 12 years for his execution,” Cardinal Schoenborn said. “It is frightening: To be executed tomorrow.”
The cardinal went on to speak about the work done by the Sant’Egidio Community and others in showing the “merciful heart of Jesus” to those who have been condemned to death.
Masterson was convicted in the 2001 murder of Shane Darin Honeycutt.
Pope Francis has spoken out not just against the death penalty, but even against the sentence of life imprisonment.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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